Kundra's IT agenda focus will be on 'troubled' projects


Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra outlined for reporters this week where his IT agenda will take the federal government and how it will get there.

At the top of his agenda will be to conduct three to four meetings a week with federal CIOs to evaluate whether the plug should be pulled on troubled tech projects or whether they should be restarted. Kundra referred to these as 'TechStat' sessions in a conference call with reporters. He said they will increase in 2011 as he looks for ways to keep federal IT under control.

"The TechStat sessions are a big part of what we're going to do--review all these investments and take decisive action so we can terminate projects that are not benefiting the American people," Kundra said, according to the Federal Times. He added that there's money in President Obama's 2011 budget proposal to increase "the velocity and frequency of these sessions."

"We want to be able to create an environment where CIOs across the federal government feel comfortable sharing best practices," he said.

Among Kundra's other plans are more web innovations to make government even more transparent and mobile, and the relaunch of the IT dashboard to better keep track of federal IT projects.

For more on Kundra's plans:
- see this Federal Times article

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